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This is a guide to resources on the Oral History Program at Emory.

Share Your Story!

Welcome to the Emory Oral History Program!

The Emory Oral History Program is recording the experiences of people who compose the Emory community. This project holds that individual stories are important, and need to be preserved through dynamic recorded interviews.

We are currently focusing on underrepresented voices and inviting students to share their experiences. 

If you identify as a

First-Generation, Black,

Latinx, or LGBTQ student,

we'd love to hear your story!

Sign up here to record a video  

Or contact Jonathan Coulis (j.e.coulis@emory.edu)

Meet Our Staff

Jon Coulis

Oral History Coordinator

Joaquin Perez

Preferred Name: Joaquin

From: Rabun County, GA

Belong to featured underrepresented identity: I am a Latino

Reasons for working on EOHP:

I believe in the central idea we have been working on at the Oral History Project: that of giving voices to people from underrepresented groups. Before joining the Oral History Project, myself and some other members of the Latinx community here at Emory had been attempting to study the history of Latinxs at the institution. We found very little material to go off of in the archives and desperately wished we could learn more. By participating in this project, I am helping to create sources for future researchers who might be interested in the same sort of research my friends and I were attempting to do. Also, I just enjoy conducting the interviews we do here.

Andy Paul

Preferred Name: Andy

From: Savannah, GA

Reasons for working on EOHP:

I originally learned about oral history from a course at Oxford College, and it totally changed my outlook on how important personal stories are to larger historical records. I enjoy hearing people tell stories that matter to them, and I enjoy the opportunity to ask follow-up questions and participate in that storytelling via oral history interviews. I enjoy making media to help spread the news about the EOHP (FOLLOW OUR INSTA @EmoryOralHistory)

Emma Hanlon

Preferred name: Emma 

From: Maui, HI 

Reasons for working on the EOHP:

I stand by the importance of oral history as a means of interdisciplinary research and adding to the historical record. I am dedicated to matters of representation and creating a platform for historically marginalized voices and experiences. I am grateful to Emory University for my time as a student  and would like to give back to the institution by creating a space for students to reflect on their experiences here, whether these histories be of criticism or praise. As an Anthropology and Religion major, I intend to use oral history as a methodology throughout my time in university and in future research. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my video be used for?

Your video will become part of the Emory University Archives, which are accessible for research and education purposes.  So, your video might be seen by a researcher studying ways to support first generation students, a student writing a paper, or future activists who want to learn about the experiences of Emory students, among others.  

What will I talk about in the video?

We'll give you a list of questions to get you to started. But, we encourage you to talk about anything that interests, troubles, excites, or inspires you. This is your video legacy, so have fun with it!

Where will I record the video?

To make sure that the video is of high quality and can be preserved for future generations, we ask that you record your video in the Student Studio on the first floor of the library, room 120 (unless otherwise arranged)

When can I record my video?

You can sign up for a time slot to record your video here.  A member of our staff will confirm the appointment through email, and meet you at the Student Studio to record your video.

How long will the video be?

Your video can be as long or short as you'd like, but we expect that most people will record videos that are between 20 and 30 minutes long.

Can I record a video with my friends?

Sure! You can record with a friend or individually. We ask that no more than two people record together at one time, so that we can see and hear both of you clearly in the video.

How do I donate my video to special collections?

After you record your video, you will fill out a Deed of Gift form. This document transfers ownership of the video to the Rose Library (i.e. special collections) for preservation as part of the Emory University Archive. 

Can I place use restrictions on my video?

Yes. At the time of donation, you can decide if you want your video to be made available immediately or at a future date you designate. For example, you can request that your video be released for viewing in a few years. You can also ask that your video never be displayed on a public facing website. You can also choose to record audio only.  

How do I sign up?

If you're interested in participating, please send an email to Jonathan Coulis (j.e.coulis@emory.edu) and we can help you get started!  You can also sign up for a recording slot here.  

Contact Us

Interested in recording your own video?  Sign up here.  Questions?  Please contact us!

 

Jonathan Coulis
Oral History Coordinator

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Robert W. Woodruff Library

j.e.coulis@emory.edu

Follow us on Instagram: @EmoryOralHistory
 

Work With Us

We encourage partnerships across Emory, nationally, and internationally to expand the community of oral history. 

Explore the links to learn of potential partnerships with the Emory Oral History Project